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Holding Out in Harlem, Despite Demolition

Even as his landlord tears down the East Harlem building he lives in, Community Voices Heard member Ray Tirado has stayed put in his apartment. “Harassment by construction” is a critical part of how gentrification takes hold in neighborhoods like this, experts say. Watch the NY Times feature video here.

 

 
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The Progressive Happy Hour: Fighting for Affordable Housing in the Trump Era

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With the lack of affordable housing already at a crisis point in cities and towns across the country, last week HUD Secretary Ben Carson floated a plan that would sharply increase what the lowest-income households have to pay in rent.

In the May 4 episode of “The Progressive Happy Hour,” co-hosts Christin “Cici” Battle and Drew Courtney sat down with Afua Atta-Mensah, executive director of Community Voices Heard, to talk about the fight for affordable housing under a presidential administration working to gut services for the poorest Americans. Afua urged listeners to take stock of what’s going on in their own communities with housing, to join a local organization focused on this issue, and to ask their representatives in Congress about their affordable housing agendas.